Family of Meath man with cancer granted travel exemption to Australia 1 year ago

Family of Meath man with cancer granted travel exemption to Australia

His family still have concerns about the logistics of the journey.

Members of the family of a Co. Meath man who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer have been granted a travel exemption to Australia.


Shane McGeough, who has lived in Adelaide, Australia with his partner for the past decade, is set to begin treatment this week. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour after his breathing became shallow and his speech began to slur.

Shane's cousin Serena Gavin has since launched a GoFundMe to aid the family's medical expenses. She told RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne that Shane's mother had been granted a travel exemption to go to Australia, but that she is "very, very nervous" about traveling alone.

"Overnight Cathy got word, [she] got an email from the Home Office in Australia to say that her travel exemption has been approved," Serena said.

“It’s one extra step closer, every time we get one of these little steps it’s great for us. Yesterday morning it was the visa, during the night it was the travel exemption, so now it’s on to the flights."


Serena added that Shane's partner's mother Mary was refused a travel exemption, so Cathy will most likely need to travel to Adelaide alone. Australia has had strict travel measures in place since last spring.

"They’re going to try and follow up with Mary and try and reapply and get Mary to be able to go over as well to be able to help out the family," Serena said.

“As far as we’re aware, she will still have to quarantine when she does get to Australia. There is a problem with quarantine space, so that’s something that we will have to look into as well."

Shane is due to begin his six week treatment this week. You can find out more about his GoFundMe here.